10/12/2015 11:16 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

A New Era for the Vietnamese – EU Relationship

Right after the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid a working visit to Belgium and the EU. During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and leaders of Belgium and the EU agreed to strengthen cooperation in many fields. Vietnam and the EU signed an announcement on the official conclusion of negotiations on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which marked a huge breakthrough for the 25 year Vietnamese – EU relationship. 
In Belgium, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Belgian leaders discussed and agreed on measures to strengthen bilateral ties in politics, foreign affairs, economics, culture, education-training, and science-technology.

To further trade and investment ties of the two countries, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel reached a consensus to step up the building and implementation of projects in the fields of logistics, transport, green growth and space, while further facilitating the importing of each country’s goods.
 


Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel receives and holds talks with
his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with the President of the Belgian Senate, Christine Defraigne. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with the President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives,Siegfried Bracke. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

At the EU’s Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held talks with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, had meetings with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the EU leaders also agreed on measures to further enhance the relations in the fields of politics, economics, science-technology, energy and climate change.

On the occasion, the two sides signed an announcement on the official conclusion of negotiations on the EVFTA. It was a really important step on strengthening Vietnamese – EU relations and a milestone to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Vietnamese – EU diplomatic ties.

Addressing the joint press conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker stressed that the EVFTA is a new, balanced and comprehensive legal document. It promised to open a huge trade space and a free, transparent and favourable environment for enterprises and investors from both the EU and Vietnam.
 


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has a meeting with
the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung holds talks with
the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
witness the signing ceremony of the announcement on the official conclusion of negotiations
on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA 

In terms of the East Sea issue, the Belgian and EU leaders underlined the importance of maintaining maritime security, freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea and affirmed that they support the stance of Vietnam on settling disputes by peaceful measures in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); not using or threatening to use force, avoiding acts that further complicate the situation and intensify tension; speeding up the implementation of measures to build up trust, ease tensions and prevent conflicts. In particular, all relevant sides must commit to not pursuing or having military actions in the East Sea; fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the expeditious conclusion of an effective Code of Conduct on the waters (COC).


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